Friday, March 9, 2012

Of Pancakes and Hockey Pucks

Childhood reminds me of pancake syrup, sticky and sweet dripping down your chin while making lil' puddles of joy on your plate to savor.

Pancake mornings in our home illicit squeals of joy from all the children and dad alike. Simple joy whipped up in homemade batches of whole wheat goodness.

My last batch brought a story and giggles. First of all, let me take a brief moment to use this blog space to confess ... I am a pancake snob. I also have absolutely no self control when it comes to the mounds of steamy goodness on the griddle. I gobble them up as soon as my spatula scrapes them and sets them free. Thus, by the time I make it to the table with the pancakes stacked high, I am always full.

Hence I have learned to leave some bubbling on the griddle and to scamper to sit with my
family and enjoy the conversation that always erupts. I don't want to miss a thing.

On one such occasion, the giggles and stories and love being shared with a family with drippy syrupy forks caused me to momentarily lapse in my pancake duty. They sat bubbling for quite some time (think hockey pucks) when my oldest remembered. Sweetly he reminded me that I still had pancakes cooking.

Jumping up to scrape them off, my youngest quickly remarked "those are Daddy's" Yes, childhood reminds me of pancake syrup ... sticky and sweet dripping down your chin while making lil' puddles of joy for your family to savor.

In case you would like it, here's my creative recipe for pancakes (tried, tested, and concocted for my pancake lovers when momma wanted a healthy alternative) Now if any of you can help me with a better solution than syrup ...

Pancake Whole Wheat Goodness
1/2 c Cold Milled Flax Seed
4 tsp baking powder
2 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cup rice milk (regular or buttermilk works too)
2 eggs
1/4 c unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 protein powder (we like vanilla flavored)

Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl. Whisk all wet ingredients in another. Add the wet stuff to the dry. Stir but keep it nice and lumpy. Add more milk if it's too dry. Cook pancakes on a hot griddle (but not for too long). Enjoy!

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Glenda said...

I love, love pancakes, too, but I don't make them just for me often! It's a good thing because mine aren't nearly so healthy as your recipe! Sounds like pancakes bring big splashes of joy to your table!

Mich said...

My kids LOVE pancakes.

This post made me smile with memories.

The Queen of Brussels Sprouts said...

We make whole wheat pancakes from scratch here. There is nothing better (or at least my crew tells me so). I, however, don't like pancakes. Go figure! I make them almost every weekend for the whole family, and usually eat one out of obligation to my hungry tummy...but I don't like them. There must be something wrong with me. I do, however, love dipping sausage in real maple syrup ;-) Helathy, all natural sausage...but sausage none the less.

notsosmallfries said...

My kids love pancake mornings too. I love fruit butter on pancakes (as a kid I never used syrup because of the stickiness on my fingers). I make my own apple butter each year and when my peach tree gets bigger I'll add that to the mix. Cherry butter is really good too, but easier to burn.

If you want some recipes, let me know!

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

Yum. We love pancake mornings too! We do love our pure maple syrup, but also mix it up with chopped strawberries, blueberries or applesauce for dipping.

Theresa said...

I just started using flaxseed...I can't wait to try it in pancakes!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I am your newest follower!

Cathy Kennedy said...

My son who isn't so little anymore (6'3") was just speaking of the yummy goodness of pancakes last night and how I HAVE to make some really soon.

When our children were small, I have some fond memories of them pulling their plastic chairs to the sink so they could sneak a taste of a delicious blueberry or two which were draining in the colander. I would have to chase them away reminding them we won't have any for the pancakes, if they keep eating them.

There's something really special about those pancake breakfast mornings, full of comfort and warmth. Moments to savor as you linger over your plate or to sip your final drops coffee.

What a joy it was to splash in my past! Thanks for reminding me to reflect on yesteryears ago. =D

Your newest GFC, Cathy
PS: Your recipe sounds good. I like the idea how you use apple sauce in place of oil. I MUST do that next for sure.

GrowingMama said...

Sounds like a good recipe, thanks for sharing! I am enjoying reading your blog, you are a great writer!

GrowingMama said...

Sounds like a great pancake recipe thanks for sharing! I am enjoying reading your blog, you are a great writer!